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Standards of Conduct govern the behavior and activities of students and student organizations on or off campus.
Students and student organizations at Dartmouth College accept membership in an academic community dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual and personal growth. Dartmouth seeks to provide educational opportunities of excellence, both in and outside the classroom, to help students develop critical thinking, integrity, judgment, appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, as well as social and ethical values necessary for community life. Dartmouth College expects its students and student organizations to conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with the institutional community’s pursuit of its educational objectives. The integrity of the Dartmouth community depends upon students’ and student organizations’ acceptance of individual responsibility and respect for the rights of others. All Dartmouth students and student organizations must abide by College policies.
The College has developed a set of Standards of Conduct which govern the behavior and activities of individual students and student organizations on or off campus. Violation of the Standards set forth below may subject individuals or recognized organizations to disciplinary action. Changes in the enumeration or definition of these Standards may take place from time to time and such changes take effect upon appropriate notice to the Dartmouth community by the Dean of the College.
Students and recognized organizations have an obligation to obey the rules and regulations governing disciplinary proceedings of the Committee on Standards (COS), the Organizational Adjudication Committee (OAC), the Dean of the College, and other College authorities having disciplinary responsibility. Further, individuals and recognized organizations are obligated to obey the decisions of the COS, the OAC, the Dean of the College, and the Undergraduate Deans and to meet, on, with the deans, the staff of Judicial Affairs, and other College officials in the course of an investigation.
Dartmouth’s undergraduate disciplinary system is not intended to address every social ill or every grievance one member of the community may have against another. There are many behaviors that most members of the community would find rude, disrespectful or obnoxious that violate no College regulation and are, therefore, not adjudicable under the disciplinary system. The fact that many behaviors are not adjudicable does not mean that the College does not take them seriously or fails to appreciate their negative impact on individuals or on the community. For example, the College has developed the “Principle of Community” which in itself is not adjudicable. In this context, there are responses which are more effective and more in keeping with the aspirations of an academic community: expressions of disapproval in the exchange of different ideas through free and open discussion and debate, mediation, or other restorative processes.
Nevertheless, the College has established community standards of conduct which are adjudicable. The purpose of these standards and the system for implementing them is not simply to prohibit misbehavior and to punish violations of regulations. All communities, including academic communities like Dartmouth, have the need to articulate standards of conduct; to educate people about behavior and traits of character that the community wishes to promote or discourage; to protect members of the community from unwarranted interference or harm; to hold individuals and groups responsible for their actions and the consequences of their behavior; and to cultivate an environment conducive to the achievement of the community’s purposes, in this case, the purpose of learning. In other words, codes or standards of conduct and disciplinary systems exist to articulate, preserve, and enforce the values of the community.
Students should recognize that student membership in the Dartmouth community is a privilege, and that certain types of misbehavior will result in temporary or, where appropriate, permanent revocation of membership. Students who have disciplinary cases pending are not eligible for a degree until the case has been resolved and the student has been restored to good standing. In any case in which penalties are imposed, the case is not resolved until the suspension, period of probation, or other penalty has been completed. Additionally, some disciplinary infractions may result in the revocation of certain student privileges including, but not limited to, driving College vehicles for college-sponsored activities, representation of the College as an athlete, or participation in an off-campus program.
Students and student organizations must not engage in behavior which causes or threatens physical harm to another person or which would reasonably be expected to cause physical harm to another person "consensual" or not.
Examples of such behavior include but are not limited to:
Students and student organizations must not engage in behavior that threatens the safety, security or functioning of the College, the safety and security of its members, or the safety and security of others.
Examples of such behavior include, but are not limited to:
Students and student organizations are prohibited from engaging in sexual misconduct of any kind.
Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
Retaliation against any person making a report of sexual misconduct or participating in an investigation of sexual misconduct is also prohibited.
Students who report they were subjected to sexual misconduct will not be charged for violations of Dartmouth's Alcohol or Other Drug Policy in connection with events leading to the report of misconduct.
The behaviors encompassed by this standard will incur the most serious sanctions the College can impose, up to and including separation. In some instances, the mandatory sanction will be that of permanent separation (i.e. expulsion) from the College.
Students and student organizations shall abide by the College’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.
Students and student organizations are subject to disciplinary action for violation of the laws of any jurisdiction, whether local, state, federal, or foreign. Evidence of a conviction, including a plea agreement, in a court proceeding, or written admission of a violation of this standard shall be conclusive as to a violation of law. Pendency of an appeal of a conviction shall not affect the application of this standard.
In cases where a student's criminal or court record is expunged, the student can petition to Judicial Affairs to have the sanction that resulted from the criminal record removed from the student's disciplinary file. Discipline that is a result of conduct that came to the attention of the College outside of the criminal process will not normally be removed from the file and any disciplinary action that followed the criminal activity will not normally be changed.
In some situations, conduct that may violate the law may also violate other Standards of Conduct. The possibility that a student may face criminal charges does not limit the JAO's ability to proceed with the disciplinary procedures set forth herein. The College will take independent action based on misconduct that violates College Standards of Conduct, regardless of the status or outcome of any criminal proceedings.
Students and student organizations must abide by College policies, rules, and regulations.
These include, but are not limited to, those policies, rules, or regulations published in the undergraduate Student Handbook or any other official College publications, as well as the operating regulations (both written and oral) of academic and non-academic offices, centers, classrooms, laboratories, and departments of the College.
Students and student organizations must not intentionally disrupt, interfere with, or obstruct teaching, research, or College administration.
Actions among those considered to constitute intentional disruption of the orderly processes of the College include, but are not limited to, the following:
Interference with fair and equal access to the computing and library resources of the College is also prohibited by this standard.
Students must also abide by the Spectator Policy for athletic events.
Students and student organizations must not intentionally fail to comply with the directives of the College nor misrepresent themselves to College officials.
Examples of such behavior include, but are not limited to:
In addition, students, including witnesses, must cooperate fully in the course of the investigation and disposition of possible violations of the Standards of Conduct. Cooperation may include meeting with or communicating honestly with Safety and Security, the Office of Judicial Affairs, deans, or other College officials as requested. Students, including witnesses, are expected to participate in disciplinary hearings as requested. It is an expectation of citizenship in this community that students with information about possible violations of community standards respond and participate when called. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary sanctions.